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21° & SUNNY ON SATURDAY 23 FEBRUARY IN MELBOURNE
By Concrete Playground
February 18, 2019
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    The Best Things to Do in Melbourne This Weekend

    Party on the sand in the middle of the CBD or at sunset soirée on the beach.
    By Concrete Playground
    February 18, 2019
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      • LOW COUNTRY BOIL

        A bottomless South Carolina-inspired seafood feast with local brews.

      • TRANSITIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2019

        Screening 28 documentaries all focused on building a better future.

      • ARCTIC

        Mads Mikkelson gives a powerful performance in this sparse survivalist thriller.

      • RETROSTAR WAREHOUSE SALE

        Pick up bargains aplenty with 20,000 vintage tees, denim, hats and bags all under $10.

      • HAPPY DEATH DAY 2U

        This purposefully repetitive horror-comedy franchise is back for another run.

      • CHUPA CHUPS SLURPEE GIVEAWAY

        7-Eleven's slinging Chupa Chups-inspired Slurpees for zero dollars — if you're quick enough.

      • BREWERS FEAST 2019

        Take your tastebuds on a hoppy tour at this two-day beer festival.

      • TANQUERAY TERRACE

        A lush garden oasis in the CBD slinging frozen G&Ts.

      • LAVEZZI GELATERIA FIRST BIRTHDAY

        The Lygon Street store is handing out free scoops of gelato and sorbet to celebrate its birthday.

      • SINGAPORE SOCIAL

        Get a taste for Singapore's nightlife with food, drinks and live music from some of its best exports.

      • SOUTH YARRA FLEA MARKET

        Score everything from books, antiques and bric-a-brac to vintage threads and must-have designer fashion at this new pop-up market.

      • ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL

        It doesn't have the most original story, but this sci-fi action flick still delivers thanks to its compelling heroine and kickass fight scenes.

      • THE PROSECCO FESTIVAL 2019

        A four-hour tasting session dedicated to the sparkling Italian varietal.

      • ON THE BASIS OF SEX

        Celebrating the early years of US Supreme Court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg's career, this biopic takes a conventional approach but does its subject justice.

      • CAPHARNAüM

        This Oscar-nominated drama is undeniably stirring, but never self-assured enough to be subtle.

      • GELATO MESSINA X STARWARD WHISKY DEGUSTATION

        Messina is hosting its first-ever degustation pairing gelato and booze.

      • APERITIVO ITALIANO AT BRUNETTI

        Choose from 12 different $10 spritzes (and enjoy free cicchetti) every Friday night at Brunetti's Carlton and Flinders Lane stores.

      • RIDE IN THE SKY

        Take your spin classes to another level and get sweaty on this CBD hotel's rooftop.

      • ESCAPE ROOM

        Cashing in on the real world craze, this horror film features inventive killer chambers, but lacks intrigue elsewhere.

      • VERTIC ALLEY

        Sip potions, hang out in magic-themed booths and peruse spell books.

      • THE FOOD TRUCK FESTIVAL 2019

        Melba Park will be filled with food trucks for five nights.

      • AMERICAN EXPRESS CINEMA OPENAIR CINEMA CBD 2019

        Embrace the outdoors this summer, with movies, live music, good food and adorable doggos.

      • PIXAR PUTT ST KILDA

        A Pixar-themed mini golf course pops up in St Kilda for six weeks.

      • BEN IS BACK

        A fine-tuned performance from Julia Roberts lifts this familiar addiction drama.

      • THE HATE U GIVE

        This compelling race-relations drama offers a perceptive, impassioned insight into America today.

      • HAWKER HALL YUM CHA

        The Windsor restaurant has brought back its affordable yum cha sessions to celebrate Chinese New Year.

      • ICE CREAM FESTIVAL 2019

        12 days. 144 flavours. Many a brain freeze.

      • THE FITZROY BEACH GARDEN

        Gertrude Street's Fitzroy Beer Garden has transformed into a beachy oasis with summery cocktails, sand and daily specials.

      • GREEN BOOK

        This Oscar-nominated race-relations drama boasts excellent performances and warm intentions, but still remains problematic.

      • FREE SOLO

        This Oscar-nominated documentary chronicles the stunning tale of rock-climber Alex Honnold and his historic attempt to scale Yosemite's El Capitan without ropes.

      • THE FRONT RUNNER

        Hugh Jackman plays a real-life presidential candidate caught up in a scandal in this timely political drama.

      • THE SPIRIT FAIR

        Get ready to be spirited away.

      • MR BURNS, A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY — LIGHTNING JAR THEATRE

        If you already preach 'The Simpsons' as an untouchable masterpiece for the ages, this is the play for you.

      • PICASSO: THE VOLLARD SUITE

        Dive deeper into the Spanish artist's output when this travelling exhibition comes to the Ballarat Art Gallery.

      • SUGAR REPUBLIC 2019

        The pop-up dessert museum returns with 12 new dessert-filled rooms, a retro candy store and a sweet-themed cafe.

      • STORM BOY

        This classic Australian tale returns to the big screen.

      • SKATE KITCHEN

        Focusing on an all-female skateboarding crew, Skate Kitchen makes all the right moves.

      • MARY, QUEEN OF SCOTS

        With commanding performances from Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie, this historical drama couldn't feel more relevant today.

      • MELBOURNE BOOK MARKET 2019

        Swap your spare change for a stack of books every Sunday at the Queen Victoria Market.

      • SOUTH WHARF POP-UP CINEMA 2019

        Make the most of summer with a classic movie — and an espresso martini — by the Yarra.

      • SPRITZ & SNACK PARTY

        While away a Saturday afternoon by the river with this failsafe summer combination.

      • EIGHTH GRADE

        Comedian Bo Burnham makes his filmmaking debut with this winning coming-of-age flick.

      • MARY POPPINS RETURNS

        Everyone's favourite magical nanny is back in this charming sequel, with Emily Blunt leading the charge in a most delightful way.

      • MELBOURNE ZOO TWILIGHTS 2019

        Summer is officially here with the return of Melbourne Zoo's gig program, featuring Cat Power, Marlon Williams and The Internet.

      • CHRISTIAN MARCLAY: THE CLOCK

        ACMI's new award-winning installation is a mesmerising collage of time — that runs for 24 hours.

      • HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD

        JK Rowling's acclaimed two-part West End play is coming to Melbourne in 2019.

      • BLUE LOTUS WATER GARDEN

        The sprawling Yarra Valley garden is opening its doors to the public for lotus flower season.

      • BREATHE. SWEAT. STRETCH. FREE

        The NGV, in collaboration with Lululemon, is hosting free fitness and yoga classes in its garden this summer.

      • COLD WAR

        The latest film from 'Ida' director Pawel Pawlikowski is a melancholic post-war masterpiece.

      • MUSEUM OF THE MOON

        A giant floating sculpture of the moon, complete with NASA imagery on its surface, will take over Scienceworks.

      • THE FAVOURITE

        This historical comedy from filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos is a savage, acerbic delight.

      • ESCHER X NENDO: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS

        The NGV's summer blockbuster will bring together the Dutch artist and Japanese design studio to create an immersive exhibition of optical illusions.

      • STOMPING GROUND LA BOCA

        An Argentinian-inspired beer garden has popped up at the Arts Centre Melbourne for summer.

      • ROOFTOP CINEMA 2018–19

        Melbourne's original rooftop cinema returns for summer.

      • VICE

        Christian Bale is a sight to behold in a political comedy that unfortunately favours style over substance.

      • AUBURN HENDRICK'S GIN GARDEN

        Settle into this inner city summer oasis for seafood feasts and gin cocktails galore.

      • WILLIAM WEGMAN: BEING HUMAN

        The first major Australian exhibition of the famed American photographer and his many dog muses.

      • AQUAMAN

        Jason Momoa charms in this special effects-laden superhero blockbuster.

      • CAMEO OUTDOOR CINEMA 2018–19

        Big releases, retro flicks, choc tops and popcorn under the stars in Belgrave.

      • MOONLIGHT CINEMA 2018–19

        Summer has arrived with the return of the Royal Botanic Gardens' always-popular outdoor cinema.

      • SHAKESPEARE UNDER THE STARS

        Pack a picnic and see Shakespeare's 'Macbeth' play out in the Royal Botanic Gardens.

      • THE 9TH ASIA PACIFIC TRIENNIAL OF CONTEMPORARY ART

        GOMA's three-yearly survey of Asia Pacific art returns.

      • MUIR ARCHITECTURE AND OPENWORK: DOUBLEGROUND

        As the 2018 NGV Architecture Commission, this sleek bamboo garden, maze and deck will sit in the gallery's Grollo Equiset Garden.

      • DAVID GOLDBLATT: PHOTOGRAPHS 1948–2018

        An Australian-first retrospective of the famed South African photographer's work.

      • 'STAR WARS' IDENTITIES: THE EXHIBITION

        Coming to Australia for the first time, this exhibit features 200 original objects from the 'Star Wars' series.

      • PATRICIA PICCININI AND JOY HESTER: THROUGH LOVE…

        Piccinini's works new and old will be displayed alongside pieces by one of her key influence, the late Melbourne artist Joy Hester.

      • MASTERS OF MODERN ART FROM THE HERMITAGE

        Artworks by Monet, Matisse, Picasso and more are travelling from Russia to Sydney for the AGNSW's latest exhibition.

      • RIGG DESIGN PRIZE 2018

        Ten intricately designed rooms arrive at the NGV for Australia's leading interior design competition.

      • ARBORY AFLOAT 2018

        Arbory's 69-metre-long floating bar has taken up residence on the Yarra for summer.

      • DESIGNING WOMEN

        The NGV brings together its diverse range of female-designed works into a free dedicated exhibition.

      • MANDELA MY LIFE: THE OFFICIAL EXHIBITION

        A huge world-first Nelson Mandela exhibition debuts in Melbourne.

      • ZERO

        MONA's immersive ode to the radical artists of post-war Germany.

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